Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) warms up before the game against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes

Scanning the Savanna searches the web for Detroit Lions news and notes each morning and brings it to your fingertips in one easy location.

Megatron helps students catch their dreams at scholarship dinner
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

While some NFL players spend their vacation relaxing on a beach or stretching out on top of an inflatable swan, Calvin Johnson has been busy turning himself into Scholartron.

The Lions receiver will host his sixth annual Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation Catching Dreams Athlete Scholarship Extravaganza on Saturday at Detroit’s Renaissance Center. At the black-tie dinner event, Johnson will present scholarships to Detroit-area student-athletes.

Slay shows comfort level in second year
Mike O’Hara —

Darius Slay might feel like he’s the No. 1 candidate to be on the Lions’ hot corner this year.
As perilous and daunting as that situation might seem, it’s a sign of Slay’s advancement. He has been the starting cornerback opposite veteran Rashean Mathis throughout the offseason.

After a rookie season that had more downs than ups, Slay showed a striking improvement in workouts and minicamps.

Detroit Lions: Full Position Breakdown and Depth Chart Analysis at Tight End
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

The Detroit Lions possess an abundance of talent and enviable depth at tight end. Yet how all that talent fits together and will function in the new offense remains a bit of a mystery.

Detroit Lions Must be Better in Fourth Quarter 2014
Chris Loud — Rant Sports

The Detroit Lions had fourth-quarter leads in six of their nine losses last season. They need to start focusing on their lack of close out ability in the fourth quarter right now in summer practices. It’s one of the most important things for a team to be able to do, and it was one of the worst aspects of the team in 2013.

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